A Bird Lands in Byrd

Instead of leaving you wondering, I will begin today by explaining the title to this post.  In the German language, the word for bird is vogel.  We will tell the story of Ernst Heinrich Vogel today.  Although he lived in several locations in our general area, one of his landing spots was in Byrd Township in Cape Girardeau County.  That basically means that for a while, he lived in Jackson, Missouri.  Thus the title.

Let’s start with Ernst’s parents.  He was the son of Heinrich and Amalia (Palisch) Vogel.  A more complete explanation about the origins of this Vogel family to Perry County can be found in the post titled, The Vogels Arrive.  Heinrich and Amalia were married at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg in 1875, but when they started having children, those babies were baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna.  Their second child was Ernst Heinrich Vogel who was born on November 24, 1878, making him today’s birthday boy.  Eventually, nine children would be born into this family.  The last child born into this family died before he was two years old.  A photo taken in 1915 shows this Vogel family when Heinrich and Amalia celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

Henry and Amalia Vogel family 40th anniversary
Heinrich and Amalia Vogel family

It is just my guess, but I think Ernst is sitting in the front row next to his mother.  Ernst was the last of the Vogel children to be born in Perry County, Missouri.  The church records for Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois state that Heinrich became a voting member there on Leap Year Day, February 29, 1880.  All the other Vogel children were baptized at Christ Lutheran.  Ernst, who must have been around two years old when his family moved across the river, probably had no memories of his East Perry County days.

Heinrich was a farmer.  On this plat map of Fountain Bluff Township in Illinois, we can see where his property was located.  It is shown with the blue arrow.  The red arrow points at the location of Christ Lutheran Church.

Vogel land Fountain Bluff plat map

The map below shows what this area looks like now.  The Vogel land is contained inside the blue box, and the red arrow once again points at Christ Lutheran Church.

Vogel land Fountain Bluff

In the 1900 census, Ernst was still living with his family in Illinois, but in 1902, we find him living back in Missouri and finding a bride from Wittenberg, Missouri.  Her name was Susanne Boehme.  She was the daughter of Ludwig and Sarah (Hartung) Boehme.  This photo shows Susanne’s parents.


Ernst and Sarah were married in Jackson, Missouri on April 7, 1902.  Here is their marriage license.

Ernst Vogel Susanne Boehme marriager license
Vogel/Boehme wedding

The pastor who performed this ceremony was Rev. Langehennig who was the minister at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Jackson, Missouri.  The 1910 census shows the Vogel family living in Byrd Township in Cape Girardeau County.  By then, they had five of their seven children.  At this time, Ernst was a farmer.

Ernst Vogel 1910 census Jackson MO
1910 census – Byrd Township, MO

The 1920 census has the Vogels living in Hubble Township, which is located around Gordonville, Missouri.  All seven children were living in their household at this time, and Ernst was still a farmer.

Ernst Vogel 1920 census Hubble Township MO
1920 census – Hubble Township, MO

By 1930, Ernst had changed professions and had moved his family into the city of Jackson, Missouri.  He was now a 51 year old insurance agent.  However, this situation was a little different just three years later when Ernst died at the rather early age of 53.  His life came to a tragic end as a result of an automobile crash in 1933.  Here is his death certificate.

Ernst Vogel death certificate
Ernst Vogel death certificate

The doctor who signed off on this death certificate was from Menfro, Missouri, so maybe this was the area where the crash occurred.  Ernst must have lost control of his vehicle and went over an embankment.  The fact that he is buried in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville indicates that the Vogels may have moved to that city before this crash occurred.

Susanne would not die until 1975 at the age of 96.  Her social security death record says her last place of residence was in Cascade, Missouri.  It is likely that she was living there with one of her children.  She is also buried in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville.  Here are the Vogel gravestones in that cemetery.

Ernst and his wife, Susanne, began their lives in Perry County and also ended up being buried in that county.  In between, these two love birds (liebesvogels) roosted elsewhere.



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